It’s being hailed as a masterpiece. Wes Anderson’s latest, and arguably best film to date, The Grand Budapest Hotel opens with 10 showings at Crossgates, and 11 showings at the Spectrum in Albany. The Spectrum has showings on three screens, beginning at noon and continuing hourly through 10pm. The 8pm advance screening Thursday played to a sold out crowd and ended with a solid round of applause.
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If you’re looking for an enchanting retreat this weekend, let The Grand Budapest attend to your every need. Anderson’s trademark dialogue and eccentric look are a perfect fit with this dark comedy set in the early 20th century. The closest film that quickly comes to mind is Murder By Death(1976) with Peter Sellers and Truman Capote. The soundtrack is sparse, including the occasional sudden beats of a bass drum or simple classical arrangements reminiscent of works by Vivaldi and Bach, and maybe Grieg – the sound flowing through scenes where it compliments the mood of the actors or their madcap antics. Willem Dafoe’s henchman is likely the best of the antagonists, while Ralph Fiennes demonstrates his exceptionally nuanced control of manners and emotion and equally impressive comedic timing. Fiennes performance may be heralded as one of his finest, for years to come.
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